The month of August is here, which in South Africa means a confusing array of spectacle meant to commemorate the day 9th August 1956 when 20,000 South African women marched and petitioned then prime minister calling on his government not to extend the issuing of passes to African women. “The Women’s Day march was a political event, a breathtaking example of political solidarity across race, class and creed,” says BD Live […]
A few months ago the Coker CoOp – a partnership between Nigerian born siblings Shofela, Shobo and Funlola Coker that produces “original indie comics, statues, jewellery, indie games and more” – began this incredibly successful Kickstarter to produce the first issue of their comic series Outcasts of Jupiter. The Cokers gained so much public support that they surpassed their Kickstarter goal by nearly $4,600 and although, it ended months ago, […]
Addis Foto Fest, Addis Ababa’s international photography festival kicks off today and takes place until December 8th 2012. Curated by photographer Aida Muluneh, this second edition of Addis Foto Fest will bring together photographers from cheapest viagra Africa, USA and Europe, in order to foster a dialogue through various events and workshops. With the participation of representatives from the global photography market, the activities of the festival will be an […]
(all images © Ed Suter) UK-born Cape Town photographer Ed Suter worked for a long time in the film industry before going to study photography at the London College of Printing. In the UK he has worked as an on-set photographer for BBC and Channel 4. In South Africa where he now lives, he has photographed in a few different fields (with David Beckham, for example) and now additionally works as […]
In two of the paintings on show at Vincent Michea’s first UK exhibition the artist is present, front and centre but obscured. His back is to the audience and he is primarily made up of dots, painted into being point by point. In Before The Big Spalsh this invisible visible self is looking over and out onto a busy swimming pool. Then in Ma Pincée de Tuiles from somewhere up […]
Joburg art lovers who won't be at the opening of dOCUMENTA(13), the world famous art exhibition held every five years in Kassel, Germany, can still be at the dOCUMENTA(13) event at in Braamfontein, Johannesburg on Saturday the 9th of June. Curated by Kudzanai Chiurai, whose works will be presented at this year's dOCUMENTA, the show will happen at Co-op and ROOM, both in Juta Street, and opens concurrently with Chiurai's […]
When you are a child of West African parents and of a first generation raised in the West understanding Africa is about reconciling all the Africas you know. Guy Tillim’s photos can help you do this, they invoke feelings of being in flux, up and down and in the middle, of definitions in transition. Read our review of this riveting exhibition.
Don’t miss Kudzanai Chiurai’s forth-coming ‘State of the Nation’, a multi-media exhibition which proposes fresh ways of looking at the socio-politics of Africa today. It explores the African condition by juxtaposing the past and the present of a continent in the grip of violent civil wars.
Mark Kaigwa, recently back from curating the Africa Animation Film Forum at CinemAfrica in Stockholm, runs us through the new frontier in African story-telling. Here are some of the groundbreaking works of African animators and a shout out to the people behind them.
Kerry Washington’s new starring role alongside Jane Fonda in a film set in Congo, a hot new clothing line inspired by Xhosa initiation ceremonies, MI, Jesse Jagz, Ice Prince and Brymo’s freestyle on Westwood’s shows… Pop the hood and have a natter with us on these stories and more
Back in Feb we told you about this collaboration between Puma and Nigerian/American fine artist Kehinde Wiley, which kicked off in Paris. Wiley created four original works of art inspired by three of football’s most decorated African players, Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon, John Mensah of Ghana and Emmanuel Eboué of Ivory Coast. Wiley painted three individual portraits of each player wearing the Africa Unity Kit, and then a fourth ‘Unity’ […]
No one co-signed Phonte of Little Brother’s famous piss-take of black spoken word coffee house-type poets harder than me. Soon as they had the mic trust I’d be walking out. Because of those guys, I suspect I might have missed out on some genuinely gifted artists who could compose ideas beyond mythical black queens and their vaginas. At the time I was okay to take my chances.
A lady outfitted in a costume suited for the finest dandy. A girl carefully crops out her face as she snaps her nude body with her camera phone. A dewy-faced, wet-lipped American Apparel model. These are the images that have inspired Ms. Dawn Okoro. Vibrant, sensual, and human are the oil on canvas paintings interpreting glossy fashion ads. With her recent move to New York, the part-Nigerian law student turned contemporary fine artist, is swiftly gaining recognition in these mean streets, having recently closed an exhibition at Harlem’s Renaissance Fine Arts Gallery. We previously featured Dawn Okoro’s work on the site, but we decided to catch up with her, in an attempt to gain entry into the mind of the gifted painter.
For 4 days starting today 4 February 2010, Parisians can enjoy the results of a partnership between Puma and contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley. Wiley was commissioned to paint portraits of Puma-sponsored African football stars Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon, John Mensah of Ghana and Emmanuel Eboué of Ivory Coast. He also did a fourth one with all three of them to symbolise African unity. All four portraits will be on exhibition at […]